Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAHA, was honored Nov. 6 as the winner of the Springer Publishing Company Geriatric/Gerontologic Award of a Distinguished Single Work of Research in Applied Geriatric Nursing.
Dickson, an assistant professor at NYU College of Nursing, was nominated for her co-authorship of a 2014 article, Building skill in heart failure self-care among community dwelling older adults: Results of a pilot study. The award was presented at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Dicksons research points to a new path forward for the health of older adults, Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive director, the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, said in a news release. These findings send a clear message: that by reaching seniors where they live, we can empower them to take action to protect their own health before their conditions damage their quality of life.
Dicksons area of research interest focuses on self-care among older adults with cardiovascular disease, as well as on ethnic minority populations with heart failure and aging workers with coronary heart disease. Her goal is to develop interventions that will improve their health and quality of life.
The study by Dickson and her co-authors examined older adults living with heart failure in ethnically diverse communities, evaluating the outcome of an innovative type of intervention, in which lay health educators in senior centers taught the seniors fundamental self-care skills.
They found the skill-building intervention improved self-care and knowledge. The study suggests that proactive intervention in a community setting, using lay health educators, may be useful across diverse populations and geographically varied settings.
The article was published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling.
Dicksons primary teaching areas are philosophical and theoretical perspectives of nursing, PhD advisement and PhD candidacy and dissertation advisement.
Springer Publishing Company specializes in publishing material on nursing, gerontology, psychology, social work, counseling, public health and rehabilitation. Its Geriatric/Gerontologic Award has been presented annually since 1996.